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INTERVIEW FROM GRADUATE TO WORKING LIFE A working woman in a man's world L “Having structure and a solid plan is crucial to succeeding in working life after university, and for me, that’s what landed me the job in the first place” By Oda Nokleby Sognen ife after graduation can be quite daunting and nowadays, graduates are entering the world’s ever-growing competitive job market. I speak to Kristianna Moberg, 23, about her journey so far and the challenges she has faced. Moberg went straight from University into a full-time job at Ticket Co, where within a year she worked her way up in an all-male firm, to her current position as the company’s key account manager. Moberg explains: “When I first started university I didn’t have any idea of what I wanted to do, I knew I wanted a career in business but that can be anything from numbers to PR. “Choosing my course and completing it for me was the easiest part – after you finish, [that] is when you have to put in the real work to actually get the job.” The harsh reality of getting a job after graduating, is that you are most likely going to be working a lot of hours, take on the most challenging tasks and not get any rewards. However, Moberg explains that at the end of the day hard work always pays off. “It is quite overwhelming in the beginning but you get used to it. There is nothing better than knowing you can manage a hectic job, and the feeling of success is priceless.” The challenges of adapting from a student lifestyle into a working lifestyle are difficult. “At university, you can 17 manage your own time and you only answer to yourself,” says Moberg. “Working for a big company you have a lot more people to answer to.” Time management is key in her everyday life and to manage both work and pleasure, having a planner is important. “My personal plan book is everything,” says Moberg. “I use that to figure out when I am free and when I can take time off to spend time with friends, and do fun stuff out of work.” As a businesswoman, Moberg had to face a lot of challenges other than time management, that she didn’t expect to face in a professional setting. “Working in an environment that mostly consist of male figures, I would say the hardest thing for me was being taken seriously,” she explains. Moberg explains the hurdles she has had to overcome due to the male dominance in her workplace. “Potential clients have asked me out on dates,” she says. Moberg explains the hurdles she has had to overcome due to the male dominance in her workplace. “Potential clients have asked me out on dates,” she says. “When I act professional and decline they have refused to answer my emails. It’s very frustrating for me when I want to build my career. “I have learned that being con- sistent and devoted and not backing down has gained my respect – so my biggest advice for all you females is not backing down.”